Definition of cupidity in English:



  • [mass noun] Greed for money or possessions.

    ‘new wealth, however tainted by cupidity and egoism, tends to be favourable for the arts’
    • ‘They ask for wealth, power, fame, sexual pleasure - and they get these, but also cupidity, insomnia, anxiety, and frustration/disease.’
    • ‘They are convinced that cupidity, that the desire for wealth, that the worldliness seen in avarice is the ultimate cause for all of the social ills that they see around them.’
    • ‘Whilst the greatest terror possesses the large capitalist, cupidity inspires the other; and the two elements, instead of checking one another, co-exist together.’
    • ‘The current climate is tailor-made for a populist politician of the left to exploit, by railing against the extravagance, cupidity and even criminality of the money men.’
    • ‘Condemned to celibacy because married servants were expensive and inconvenient, their proverbial cupidity arose as often as not from saving to buy themselves out of service and into family life.’
    • ‘Like an alternating current, the atmosphere of the reef flickers between urgent desire and cold, murderous cupidity.’
    • ‘And this refusal of the author to charge the people with their own stupidity and cupidity, this refusal of the people to own up and take responsibility, is symptomatic.’
    • ‘Happily our cupidity was never tested by finding something as cherishable as a Neolithic polished axe head.’
    • ‘That autumn, however, the collapse of the general farm reform combined with accusations of cupidity from his enemies not only ended his dominance but almost drove him from office.’
    • ‘Unlike those cynics whose mordant view of human nature seeps into and darkens their personality, he visibly brightened as he related episodes of human cupidity and self-inflicted prisoners' dilemmas.’
    • ‘The other is the astonishing and brutal cupidity of those in power who will almost certainly steal and divert the funds and the contributions in kind that are pouring in from all over the world.’
    • ‘Unquestioningly, the tree grants their desire, but also gifts them cupidity, insomnia, anxiety and frustration.’
    • ‘Scenarios lampooning cupidity and gluttony appear on the inside of a covered glass dish, or among the decorations of teapots and vases, or the contents of a serving dish, blurring the line of demarcation that separates faith and folly.’
    • ‘In reality, the prospect is implausible: reduce a man's propensity to lust and he will compensate with an increased aggression or cupidity.’
    • ‘He does not hide his cupidity, but colleagues resent more the way he flaunts his brainpower.’
    • ‘An institutionalised mindset, hallowed by time, buttressed by vested interests whose established wealth it preserves, and reinforced at lesser levels by universal cupidity?’
    • ‘Consumer cupidity continues to grow across the UK, but in Scotland the year-on-year growth rate subsided last month from 10.2% to 4.2%.’
    • ‘I have never stopped being angry at hypocrisy and hate and stupidity and cupidity, either.’
    • ‘The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.’
    • ‘Some of them are natural, the results of vagaries of climate, but others, the majority, are caused by human frailty and cupidity.’
    avarice, greediness, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity, graspingness, cupidity, avidity, possessiveness, materialism
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Late Middle English: from Old French cupidite or Latin cupiditas, from cupidus desirous, from cupere to desire. Compare with covet.